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WordPress RSS Feed

A feed is a function of special software that allows feedreaders to access a site, automatically looking for new content and then posting the information about new content and updates to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the latest and hottest information posted on different blogging sites.

There are several different kinds of feeds, read by different feedreaders. Some feeds include RSS (alternately defined as Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication), Atom or RDF files.

WordPress Built-in Feeds

By default, WordPress comes with various feeds. They are generated by template tag for bloginfo() for each type of feed and are typically listed in the sidebar and/or footer of most WordPress Themes. They look like this:

URL for RDF/RSS 1.0 feed - <?php bloginfo('rdf_url'); ?>
URL for RSS 0.92 feed - <?php bloginfo('rss_url'); ?>
URL for RSS 2.0 feed - <?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>
URL for Atom feed - <?php bloginfo('atom_url'); ?>

These feeds display recent updates and changes to your site's content for the different feedreaders. The RSS feeds format is yet the most well known.

The below URL is used by RSS 2.0 feedreaders and it only shows the comments made on your site.

URL for comments RSS 2.0 feed - <?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>

Feed URLs

There are times when you want to tell someone your site's feed address or URL, or you need it to submit it to search engines and directories, many of which now accept feed URL submissions. There are four possible URLs for each of your feeds. Any of these will work.

http://example.com/?feed=rss
http://example.com/?feed=rss2
http://example.com/?feed=rdf
http://example.com/?feed=atom

If you are using custom permalinks, you should be able to reach them through this usage:

http://example.com/feed/
http://example.com/feed/rss/
http://example.com/feed/rss2/
http://example.com/feed/rdf/
http://example.com/feed/atom/

Comments

Your site has feeds for all comments on the site, and each post has its own comment feed:

Permalink format: http://example.com/comments/feed/
Default format: http://example.com/?feed=comments-rss2

Categories and Tags

You can also provide feeds to only specific categories or tags on your site by adding the following to the end of the link:

http://www.example.com/?cat=42&feed=rss2
http://www.example.com/?tag=tagname&feed=rss2

or (permalinks format):

http://www.example.com/category/categoryname/feed
http://www.example.com/tag/tagname/feed

Authors

Every author has an RSS feed for their posts. Here is the format:

http://example.com/author/authorname/feed/

Adding Feeds

Not all WordPress Themes feature all of the RSS Feed types that are available through WordPress. To add a feed to your site, find the location of where the other feeds are, typically in your sidebar.php or footer.php template files of your Theme. Then add one of the tags listed above to the list, like this example:

<ul class="feeds">
    <li><a href="<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>" title="<?php _e('Syndicate this site using RSS'); ?>"><?php _e('<abbr title="Really Simple Syndication">RSS</abbr>'); ?></a></li>
    <li><a href="<?php bloginfo('atom_url'); ?>" title="<?php _e('Syndicate this site using Atom'); ?>"><?php _e('Atom'); ?></a></li>
    <li><a href="<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>" title="<?php _e('The latest comments to all posts in RSS'); ?>"><?php _e('Comments <abbr title="Really Simple Syndication">RSS</abbr>'); ?></a></li>
</ul>

Use RSS Widget to add RSS Feed

WordPress gives you the option to easily add RSS feeds to your website.

Log in to your WordPress administration and go to in the Appearance > Widgets.

Click the RSS pane, select a widget area and click Add Widget:

wordpress rss feed

Go to the selected widget area, click the down arrow to expand the RSS box and enter the URL of your feed and the Feed title.

We suggest to leave all boxes unchecked because you do not want your posts to be displayed in the footer, don’t you:

wordpress rss feed

Click Save, visit your front page and scroll to the footer area:

wordpress rss feed

Our feeds are displayed correctly though they obviously need additional styling.

When someone clicks on the RSS icon their RSS feed will automatically subscribe them to your feed (what our online RSS app just did):

wordpress rss feed

When we click on any post we are redirected to the post’s webpage:

wordpress rss feed

Conclusion

Managing RSS in WordPress is extremely easy and we recommend you to include your RSS feed thus enabling visitors who are suspicious about subscribing to newsletters because of spam or whatever else reason, to follow your posts in easy and secure way.

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